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- From: rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org (Richard Lewis)
- Date: 30 Jul 1997 14:31:00 GMT
In a message dated 97-02-27 18:29:59 EST, ballense(--nospam--at)concentric.net wrote: << Most engineers don't ask (I do), but I believe it is difficult to get much more than 20%-25% of the total. When comparing the time (both direct and indirect-research, seminars, etc.) and liability, this fee is not in correct proportion.>> You are right to think this proportional split is unfair. But an even more egregious example can be cited: the commissions made by commercial real estate leasing agents. On a spec building you engineered for perhaps 1.5% of the construction costs, leasing agencies in tight markets like SF will get better than 4% of rents on leases of 5 years or longer. Because rents are based on costs that include land, agency commissions are actually greater than the total design fees paid to you and the rest of the design team. The best producing agents keep 80% of these commissions. Relative to the hours you had to put in to earn the fee, the amount of knowledge, training and judgment you brought to the work, and the continuing liability exposure you face, do you think it outrageous that a salesperson should be compensated three times as much for what he or she brought to the party? And adding salt to the wound, the agent can make repeat commissions as leases expire! What can be done about such injustices? Very little in a market economy where intrinsic worth and contribution only occassionally correlate with rewards. A recent news article reported that hundreds of people in Silicon Valley and Redmond became new millionaires last year. Many were in their early twenties, and the median age was below 30. Do you think folks at these tender ages have already made more lasting contributions to society than you have in the decade or longer it has taken you to earn your first million? Is there a moral in these musings? Just this: Jack Kennedy once observed, "Life is unfair". Indeed. We should accept the cards we are dealt in life, play them to the best of our abilities to get the best possible results, and take satisfaction in those results whether or not we win the match. Lamenting bad luck at being dealt mediocre hands instead of royal flushes won't change the cards, and may only distract us from playing them as well as possible. Few of us have the time, energy, patience and money needed to join campaigns for change.. Franklin Lew, SE --- Internet Message Header Follows --- Received: from server1.seaoc.org (bqe.com [220.127.116.11]) by host1.texramp.net (8.8.5/8.8.5) with SMTP id CAA19101 for <rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org>; Fri, 28 Feb 1997 02:00:52 -0600 (CST) Received: from emout18.mx.aol.com by server1.seaoc.org (NTList 3.02.10) id ra004723; Thu, 27 Feb 1997 23:57:44 -0800 Received: (from root@localhost) by emout18.mail.aol.com (8.7.6/8.7.3/AOL-2.0.0) id CAA11902 for seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org; Fri, 28 Feb 1997 02:55:24 -0500 (EST) Date: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 02:55:24 -0500 (EST) From: IteUrsi(--nospam--at)aol.com Message-ID: <970228025523_-1540934854(--nospam--at)emout18.mail.aol.com> To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Subject: Re: building code minimums for wood frame Reply-To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Error-To: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Loop: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Info: [SEAOC] Owner: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-POP3-Rcpt: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Sender: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Precedence: list X-ListMember: rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org [seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org] __________________________________________________ Richard Lewis, P.E. Missionary TECH Team rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org The service mission like-minded Christian organizations may turn to for technical assistance and know-how.
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